Are states free college plans learning off each other’s curves?

Are states free college plans learning off each other’s curves?

Reported by Education Dive, Virginia’s new $145 million free college plan is designed to provide students with two free years of community college, specifically in programs designed to match the jobs and skills gaps they’re seeing in their state, including health care, IT, and early childhood education.

But it also includes a $1,000 stipend a semester for students’ non-tuition expenses, those expenses that have proven to be financial roadblocks for students hoping to take advantage of similar programs in other states.

The takeaway? One incredible benefit of our republic is getting to learn off each other’s curve. With the majority of presidential candidates talking about federal free college plans, hopefully we can learn from these state experiments as well.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.